By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state school superintendent and the
A Plus Education Partnership are joining the governor to encourage
the Legislature to legalize charter schools in Alabama.

Gov. Bob Riley, State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton and
A Plus President Caroline Novak held a news conference Monday to
promote the legislation that will be introduced Tuesday by
Republicans Sen. Steve French and Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin.

Riley says passage of the legislation would help Alabama qualify
for an additional $200 million in federal education money. The
legislation is opposed by the Alabama Education Association because
charter schools aren't required to follow the state tenure law and
some other educational laws.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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